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You don’t have to do it all! Choosing the right projects and clients for your small business

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in A Designer's Life, Biz Talk | 2 comments

You don’t have to do it all! Choosing the right projects and clients for your small business

Oh no, another silly cat picture on the Internet.

Bear with me, I have a point. Plus, isn’t he cute?

This is George, one of the studio cats. He and his sister Minnie hang out with me while I work. Sometimes they “help” (knock papers off my desk, sleep on the keyboard, fall asleep in my chair…)

Anyway, as you can see, George was having a little trouble getting up for work this morning. His lack of enthusiasm for facing the new day made me think of an important lesson I learned very early on in my business.

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Twitter for Networking: Live-Tweeting & Tweetups

Posted by on July 7, 2014 in A Designer's Life | 0 comments

Twitter for Networking: Live-Tweeting & Tweetups

I went to my first Tweetup last week.

My husband & I recently moved to the Torbay area of South Devon…birthplace of Agatha Christie (and the setting for some of her novels..And Then There Were None, comes to mind), warm sunshine, and palm trees that look like giant pineapples (apparently I was very excited about that, as you can see). Not a very big move from Cornwall, but a big step for our livelihoods and our careers.

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Setting the Right Prices for your Holistic Business

Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Biz Talk | 4 comments

Setting the Right Prices for your Holistic Business

Let’s talk about pricing.

A tricky subject for many small biz owners, I know!

I’m currently in the middle of revamping my services to better meet the needs of my clients – and also to better meet the needs of my business, so it can continue to run well. This includes raising prices to match the value of these new services. The new pricing will also be more competitive with other web designers & developers who are on the same level of knowledge, skill and talent.

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3 Tips for Solopreneur Self-Care

Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Enchant Your Day | 8 comments

3 Tips for Solopreneur Self-Care

I work with a lot of yoga teachers, so it was inevitable that I would eventually take a yoga class. But it wasn’t until I moved to England that I started going to class regularly. I’ve been attending every week for a year now, and I notice a big difference in my overall well-being.

I go to yoga class to slow down. Being able to step away from the computer to focus solely on me and how I’m feeling mentally, emotionally and physically? It’s one of the best business moves I’ve ever made.

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Not Meant for the Cubicle – Why I Started My Own Business

Posted by on March 21, 2014 in A Designer's Life | 2 comments

Not Meant for the Cubicle – Why I Started My Own Business

I’ve always known I wasn’t meant for the cubicle.

From a photo lab in suburban Cleveland, Ohio to my own home office in beautiful Devon, England, I’ve had quite the journey to becoming a solopreneur. It’s not always easy, but I wouldn’t change my choice of career for the world.

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How to Create Your WordPress Avatar (with Gravatar)

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Website DIY, Wordpress Tips | 2 comments

How to Create Your WordPress Avatar (with Gravatar)

I thought since we recently learned how to dress up our favicons that the next step should be dressing up our avatars! Specifically, the ones we use with WordPress.

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‘RGB’ Social Media Icons Image Pack – FREE Download

Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Free Stuff, Graphic Design Tips, Website DIY | 4 comments

‘RGB’ Social Media Icons Image Pack – FREE Download

I’ve got a FREE gift for you today! Click here to download the Graphic Design-themed ‘RGB’ Social Media Icons image pack.

You’re free to use them on your website or blog, no credit or link-back required – but I encourage you to share the love with your friends by using the social media sharing options at the end if this post.

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Take a break…

Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Enchant Your Day | 10 comments

Take a break…

I’m writing today just to remind you to take a break from all the hard work you’re doing for your business, even if you can’t go outside…

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How to make a Favicon

Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Graphic Design Tips, Website DIY | 6 comments

How to make a Favicon

See that little icon in the tab? That’s called a favicon (or “shortcut icon”, “tab icon”, “bookmark icon”). Does your website look like the first image, or the second one? This small design touch is something I notice is missing from a lot of websites and blogs. Though a favicon may be small, it’s a big part of your website because it helps your visitors identify it.

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Taking it to next level: How to Save Time and Money by using WordPress to set up a Website {Part 2}

Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Website DIY, Wordpress Tips | 0 comments

Taking it to next level: How to Save Time and Money by using WordPress to set up a Website {Part 2}

So you’ve got your Wordpress.com blog/website and you’re writing and sharing your ideas. You may find that this is working out really well for you. If so, that’s great! Keep going. Share your posts on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to start building an audience. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people, especially bloggers and authors, who use this free version of Wordpress for their main website.

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